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Spring 2005 

Butler Community College's Magazine 






t&Ctory viot&y bring on the stress. 

Most students today are juggling jobs, classes, homework, extracurricu- 
lar activities, a social life, transferring, oh and how to pay for school and 
where you are going to live or whether or not you will have a job when 
you transfer there and just the simple act of applying. Doesn't sound too 
stressful does it? Well, trying to transfer to University of Nebraska this 
past few months has been anything but simple. All of the paperwork 
involved and waiting is maddening. Even worse is focusing on two 
schools at one time, because I still have to finish here first. So it's no 
wonder that students today get overwhelmed easily. One little task piled 
on another adds up to a lot, even to those students who might not be 
dealing with transferring yet. As different as amounts of stress may 
appear to be, we all do have those things like going to class and home- 
work to worry about. Any student might be able to point at the other and 
say they are less stressed then they are but you can't ever really know. 
For example, I walk in to class four minutes late and, being a student 
who is typically punctual, should send off a signal that I might have had a hectic morning. Some instructors 
must not get that because the last thing anyone wants after running late, speeding to get to class and then 
being pulled over is to be degraded for your occasional tardiness in front of everybody else in the room. But 
it must be acceptable to them when the ever typical 'late to your own wedding' student strolls in every day 
like this. Maybe this is why we have some of those attendance policies set up. Read more on page ten. 

— Jennifer Chrapkowski 


So many students want to get out of town for spring break, and who 
could blame them. Why stay is El Dorado, when you could go on a 
cruise or go skiing, or just hang out with friends in your hometown? 
Some people may think that wasting so much money for a few days of 
vacation isn't worth it, but I think that a few days of getting away is just 
what every student needs this time of year. Even if you don't spend hun- 
dreds of dollars on a trip, spending quality time with friends is just as 
good. As midterms approach us it gets crazy. Classes seem to consist of 
never ending homework to prepare you for the big test. All of this push- 
es a lot of students to a breaking point. Remember senioritis from back 
in high school? Well for me it's floating around again. I don't know 
exactly what you would call it but a major case has made its way to the 
campus. I bet that there are many others out there thinking the same 
thing, but what could be better than taking a break? The only benefit to 
coming back from vacation is being so relaxed. I think that every student 
should be able to have a good spring break to be able to make it through 
the last half of the semester. Check out vacation spots fellow students 
are going to and other tips for a successful spring break on page 24. 

Fast Facts 

-That the yellow bracelets seen 

everywhere from Hollywood 

to Haverhill Road are more 

than just a fad, they support 

the Lance Armstrong 

Foundation for cancer. 

-Armstrong was diagnosed 
with testicular cancer. 

-He also underwent two sur- 
geries, one to remove his can- 
cerous testicle and another to 
remove cancerous lesions on 
his brain. 

-His cancer in the lungs and 
brain was a result of spreading 
from original testicular cancer. 

-Faculty and staff park in general 

ve to walk too!) 

More information regarding 
his foundation and where to 
get the Livestrong bracelets is 
available at 

- Over 30 million Livestrong bracelets have been sold. 

- Experienced storm chasers offer classes to fellow inex 
storm fanatics via tornado 

- Butler offers classes to become a firefighter. 

What's inside: 

4 CAMPUS Lift 





READY AND WAITING/ Stephanie Tatum, Mulvane 
sophomore, waits her turn on the challenge course 
with her fellow softball players. 

Andre Calvin, Detroit, Mich, sophomore, 
goes up for a dunk against Fort Scott. Read 
the latest basketball coverage on page 26. 

The Grizzly Staff 

Spring 2005 

Jennifer Chrapkowski 

Design Editors 

Nicole Norris 

Rachelle Poirier 


Christina Crow 

Andrew Dorpinghaus 

Staff writers 

Amy Knowles 

Daniel Pewewardy 

Mike Swan 

Contact the staff at (316) 323-6893 

Butler Community College 

901 S.Haverhill Road 
Building 100, Room 104 

Cover art by Kendall Brown 
Back cover by Nicole Norris 

Kenny Wilson, Liberal Freshman (above), 

lays the ball up while playing a relaxing game of 
basketball. Photo by Andrew Dorpinghaus 


Iac Ray, Burlington Freshman (AB0V£>3ake~ 

part in bowling night as part of the Homecoming 
activities the week of February 14. Photo by ^ 
Jason Unruh 

Layout By Christina Crow 


3UTLER STUDENTS (above) cheer on their favorite 
lancer (below) for the dance contest that was held 
luring halftime of the men's basketball game against 
harden City Community College on January 26. 
3 hotos by Andrew Dorpinghaus 


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(Above) Collin Coffman, Wichita fresh 
MAN, heats up his elbow before going out to 
baseball practice. Photo by Jason Unruh 



Students participated in a pie eating contest 

(above) during halftime of the men's basketball game 
against Colby on February 2. Photo by Andrew 

Casey McCullough, Stillwater, Okla. Freshm 

(left) makes a play by tagging a Friends University 
player out at first base. Butler defeat- 
ed Friends in both games on February 15. Photo by 
Andrew Dorpinghaus 

Nick Eden, Valley Center sophomore 

(right), relaxes outside the Student Union 
serenading passersby on his guitar. Photo 
by Andrew Dorpinghaus 

(Above) Many students participate and work on 
their balance in an afternoon dance class. Photo 
by Andrew Dorpinghaus 

Becky Far ha, Yates Center freshman (right), 
practices on the piano in the 700 building. Photo 
by Andrew Dorpinghaus 

/ason Unruh, Maize Freshman (left),pre- 
pares to line up the folio, a part of the news- 
paper, that is to be later pasted down. 
Photo by Christina Crow 




By Nicole Norris 

about, that is until enrollment for the next semester comes 
rolling around the corner. Which is exactly what happened 
between the end of the fall 2004 semester and the beginning 
of the spring 2005 semester. 

The student probation policy is the same for every student. Those 
who are enrolled in a minimum of seven credit hours and earn less 
than a 1.5 grade point average will be given a letter from the 
Registrar. This letter basically lets the student know that they are 
being placed on academic probation. This means, if at the end of the 
following semester, the student has not raised his of her grade point 
average to a minimum of 1.5, they will be placed on academic 

Even so, the reason behind the number of students put on 
probation last semester was more than just because of "their lack of 
engagement in their academic program," says Bill Rinkenbaugh, Vice 
President for Student Services, "even though it is the most common." 

"The causes of students being placed on probation is as varied as 
the numbers of students," comments Rinkenbaugh. Some of the key 
factors that may cause an impact on students' grades include 
transportation difficulties, childcare issues for single parents, or even 
financial constraints. 

Student probation is not the only issue that contributed to this 
spring enrollment drop. Another major factor had to do with the ice 
storm, which slammed Kansas the first week of January. 

"There were a lot of personal costs associated with the storm," 
says Rinkenbaugh. Students of all ages found themselves having to 
deal with the ice storm, financially. There were costs for home 
damages, hotel costs for those without electricity, costs for any 
shredded trees and food costs. 

"These costs took away a lot of resources that could have been 
used for college classes," says Rinkenbaugh. 

Enrollment for every semester constantly varies. For example, 
Rinkenbaugh says, "there were 638 students placed on probation fall 
2003. This compares to 548 students following spring 2004. This rep- 
resents an increased of 90 students." The reason supporting 
academic probation is because it is "primarily a wake-up call for the 

"It is primarily a wake-up call for 


student," comments Rinkenbaugh. 

As far as the financial standpoint goes, since there was an increase 
of 90 students over last spring, who returned from being on academic 
probation, there is no significant negative affect on the college. So, all 






LEARNING IN CLASS. These students are becoming more educated by sitting in on their teacher's lecture. 
Unfortunately, for those who wanted to, this is something that not everyone is able to participate in, in the 
beginning of this semester. Between transportation difficulties for some students, childcare issues for single 
parents, other financial constraints and the ice storm, these all had a major contribution to some students who 
were not able to return this semester. Time and money has so much to do with being in college. Sometimes it 
doesn't seem like there is enough of either. 

in all, the impact will be minimal. Rinkenbaugh says that none of this will greatly affect the enrollment of next 
fall. "The admissions staff continues to work extremely hard to attract new students to Butler. And to date we 

the student." -Bill Rinkenbaugh 

have had about 500 more campus visits than a year ago. All of this inicates that enrollment this fall will be OK." 


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Story by Nicole 
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layout by 
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tudents at Butler Community College 
often complain about attendance poli- 
, cies enforced by administrators. Why 
does it seem the administrators at four 
year universities, such as K-State or KU, don't 
appear to care about the attendance of their stu- 
dents? There are several reasons supporting 
Butler's attendance policy that many students 
don't take the time to think about. 

The institutional policy for attendance 
states, "Students are expected to attend all 
scheduled classes and examination meetings. 
Students are also expected to maintain satisfac- 
tory progress in each of the classes in which 
they are enrolled. Thus, whenever absences 
become excessive and, in the instructor's opin- 
ion, minimum course objectives cannot be met 
due to absences, the students may, at the discre- 
tion of the instructor, be withdrawn from the 
course. Instructors are responsible for clearly 
stating their attendance policy in the course 
syllabus, and it is the student's responsibility to 
be aware of those responsibilities." 

According to Dean Patton he believes the 
policy works pretty well. 

"If we didn't have it, more students would 
be less successful," says Patton. If you were to 
stop and think about it you could see that the 
policy is pretty reasonable. 

Ms. Helen Barnes, Humanities and Arts 
instructor, has diverse feelings about the atten- 
dance policy, she says, 

"If students do not want to attend class, they 
won't, bottom line, no matter what the reflec- 
tion on their grade. I think that knowing it 



Photo by Andrew Dorphinghaus 

who might tend to blow it off consider 

"Students are not as motivated unless 
someone has expectations of them," says 
Patton, and most students agree with him. 

Ashley Baxter, Manhattan freshman, 
says, "I agree with the policy because it 
encourages me to go to class, although, it 
allows those who don't want to be in class 
to be dropped, which makes room for those 
who want to be in that particular course." 

Although the policy does work, Dean 
Patton believes that the instructor should be 
more aware that the policy is flexible. 

"I would like to see more teachers come 
up with their own rules and policies," says 
Patton. Teachers' own policies may include 
awarding points for attendance or promising 
to omit the final exam if the student has 
perfect attendance. 

"I like the idea of awarding points for 
attendance, but do not favor cancelling out a 

al," says Patton, "It takes the learning 
perience away from the students." 

"If you're passing, I think it's no 
ablem missing a few days, but if you're 
ling, the teacher has the right to drop 
u," says Michael Mock, Clay Center 

Even though there are a lot of 
mplaints about having an attendance 
licy, the outcome of students' impulse 
end class supports the policy and shows 
it it actually does work. 

Attendance policy 
keeping students 


J atton 
_j ihe attendance 
policy is there to motivate 
students to go to class. He 
believes the policy is firm 
overall, but also supports 
the idea of instructors mod- 
ifying it to their personal 
preferences. This would 
allow instructors to enforce 
any or all of the polic; 
which they believe is essen- 
tial for the class. 

[Photo bv Andrew 

FLEXIBLE POLICY. Dr. John Jekinson, English and 
Informal English instructor, has the right along with all 
other instructors to modify the attendance policy to 
enhance any particular statement in the guiding princip 

If you ask most students at Butler why they came here, most would proba- 
bly say because it is cheaper than a four year school. Or maybe because it 
was close to home. Maybe it is because they are hoping that they will dis- 
cover what it is they want to be when they grow up. For whatever reason, 
you ended up here. The question you should be wondering is what is Butler 
doing for you? What has Butler taught you that will help you in the future? 

The easy answer is that you are here getting your general education 
requirements out of the way. Butler enables students, like yourself, to do that 
relatively cheaply. But other than the obvious, what IS Butler doing for you? 

The best way to find out - ask someone who has been in your shoes. Why 
not ask a Butler alumnus? 

Kim L. Lawrence came to Butler as a non-traditional student, returning to 
school after her son started high school. 

"I was encouraged by my family and friends to continue my education 
which was one of my life goals," she explains. 

She graduated in 1989. She not only graduated but took her goal very 
seriously. She was not only an Order of the Purple recipient but she was also 
an R. D. Hubbard Scholarship nominee. 

After graduation, she took some time off. She took a job on campus as 
the Alumni Director. She wasn't done there. 

"I loved the Butler campus and took a job as the Alumni Director while 
my son was in high school, but wanted to continue my education so, when 
my son graduated from high school, I also went to Kansas State University 
and completed my Bachelor's Degree in family studies/human ecology and 
design, graduating in 1996." 

She was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Kappa 
Omicron Nu Honor Society, and the Human Ecology Honors Program. 

The successes she achieved in college would soon be expanded. 

Upon returning to El Dorado, she began to concentrate on how to use her 
new found skills in starting a business. 

WhattaCrock, Inc. was the end result. Lawrence established WhattaCrock 
in 1999 as a home-based business. 


These home-made, made by hand, cus- 
tom candles are quite the buzz. 

"We received the honor of 'Best in 
Show/Best Theme of Product' at the Kansas 
Expo in Topeka and recently became a 
member of the FLOK, From the Land of 
Kansas Organization." 

The business is doing so well that they 
are planning a move. 

"We are currently located at 140 N. 
Main St. in El Dorado, but, are planning a 
move very soon to expand the manufactur- 
ing aspect of our company. We recently 
attended the Kansas City Gift Market and 
now have our product in five states and plan 
on expanding that even further in the com- 
ing months. We are a wholesale company 
but, one of our new lines is the corporate 
logo business which is also done for indi- 
viduals and companies and this aspect of 
our company is growing every day." 

As the CEO of the company, she takes 
on all aspects of production. 

"I am the CEO and have learned that 
title encompasses many hats such as design, 
art work, and all the day to day work of the 

"I believe that the ground-up approach 
of our company makes the business more of 
a personal product and so, we do all the 
phases entirely by hand. 

"I currently have no full time employees 
but rely heavily on family and friends who 
help me as we expand. My husband has 
been a rock for me and helps me in his 
spare time. 

"The company is now working on all the 
details of expansion, one of which includes 
hiring and training. We never want the 
product to become cookie cutter crocks and 
thus we want to take the time to train indi- 
viduals to continue the process of making 
each and every WhattaCrock by hand." 

You may be thinking "Hey that sounds 
great, but what does Butler have to do with 
that?" Here's your answer. 

"I truly believe that Butler helped 
set the foundation that gave me the 
confidence and the knowledge to 
pursue my goals by instilling a 
strong work ethic and self confidence 
to challenge myself to achieve. 

"I went on to a much bigger col- 
lege environment at Kansas State 
University and was very well pre- 
pared from by Butler experience. I 
believe that by attending Butler and 
having the smaller classroom and 
one on one exposure to the teachers 
and students I was more aware of 
what to expect from a four year col- 
lege, which made the transition easi- 

"I will always cherish my Butler 
College memories of which I made 
life long friendships with both the 
other students as well as with many 
of the faculty." 

Like everything, Butler has 
changed a little since she graduated 
in 1989, but to Lawrence, it hasn't 
changed that much. 

"I watch as Butler expands and 
updates but I still see Butler as the 
friendly, welcoming campus I will 
always remember." 

As you can see, Butler can do a 
lot for you - if you take advantage of 
it. So next time you are out with 
some of the friends you've met in 
class, sitting through a lecture, or just 
roaming around campus, stop and 
take a second. Take it all in. 
Appreciate it for what it is - an 
opportunity. A chance to grow. The 
possibility to become something that 
you have always wanted to become. 
Just think, one day, you may get a 
call from a budding newspaper or 
magazine reporter wanting to know 
how Butler changed your life. Will 
you have a good answer for them? 

Pictures Courtesy of Kim L Lawrence, CEO 

WhattaCrock, Inc. 

www. whattacrock. com 


r n a basement in downtown El Dorado you will 
find Butler student Tim Shumate studying for his 
Biology class. Shumate, and his five roommates, 

l. spend most of their time in this basement where, 
like any student, they study, sleep and watch TV. 
However, unlike most students, they are firemen in 
training living below the El Dorado Fire Station. 

The idea came from El Dorado Fire Chief Ralph 
Green who wanted to give students of the Butler Fire 
Science program a chance to see what it's like to not 
only work as firemen but to live like them too. His 
plan was to immerse students into the environment of 
a fire department by having them live in one. 

However, this idea never happened due to budget 
constraints. It wasn't until last semester that Green's 
vision became a reality. 

The Butler Fire Science Residence Program pro- 
vides living accommodations for eager Butler Fire 
Science students. Students in the Fire Science pro- 
gram study alongside actual Butler County Fire and 
EMS to receive the credits they need to become reg- 
istered firefighters. 

Living at the station is not a requirement but it 
does provide valuable experience and knowledge that 
cannot be obtained in an ordinary college class. 
"Riding out at two in the morning to check a house 
for smoke is nothing you can learn in the classroom," 
says Instructor Tony Yaghijan. Yaghijan has been 
with the Buter Fire Department for seven years and 
has also received his training through the fire science 
program back in its early years before the residency 
program was established. 

Living together with six people in the same room 
can be quite an experience. The live-in students 
spend a lot of time in the basement where they live 
and have a majority of their fire science classes. 

"It can be hectic sometimes," says freshman Justin 
Mawhirter, "especially in the morning when you have 
to use the bathroom." 

Hours of hard work and studying are expected of 
the residency students. "It's a busy crowd here, you 
never have too much down time between studying 
and working up here (in the fire station)," says 



Layout by R ache lle Poir ier 

Shumate, whose days are filled. 

"Usually, I get up about six o'clock. We then usu- 
ally do our fitness plan and go to the Y from about 7 
to 7:30 and work out for about an hour. From then 
on I'm either on shift or I usually just go through my 
day and go to class." Tim also works part time at a 
local business. 

The students get most of their training in a small 
classroom in the basment of the Fire Station. They 

students receive their hands on experience by putting 
out man made fires as part of their drills. Their prac- 
tice will give them the courage to some day answer 
the call of a burning residence. 
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also train at 1 2 other locations including the El 
Dorado Civic Center, McConnell, Andover Fire 
Rescue, and El Dorado EMS Station. They train in 
all areas of fire and emergency safety, ranging from 
the basic principles of firefighting, to crash victim 
extraction and also firefighter agility and fitness, to 
obtain their Firefighter 1 and 2 certificates. The cer- 
tificates are needed to be registered firefighters. 

The lessons learned by the students are far from 
obtained just in the classroom. All the students living 
at the fire station have all completed their 


hoto by Andrew Dor ping 

firefighters. When on call they are required to wear a 
uniform that consists of khaki pants, a Butler Fire 
Rescue collared shirt and a belt which has their 
pagers and two way radios. "It gives them an obliga- 
tion," says Yaghijan, who feels that uniforms help 
strengthen character. 

Like most Butler students, they continue their 
education either by taking their fire science courses at 
the station or their core requirements at the El Dorado 
campus. However, when their pagers go off they 
spring into action, immediately transforming from 
average college student into trained firefighter. 


They have homework to) 

Students always 
have homework, even those who live beneath 
the firehouse like Tim Shumate. Photo by 
Andrew Dorpinghaus 

LIKE A GIANT CAN OPENERf Firefighters answer many diverse 
emergency calls other than fires, such as severe car accidents 
where the jaws of life would be needed. 
Photo courtesy of the El Dorado Fire Department. 

DREAM ON. Brandon Hurt eats, sleeps, lounges 
and studies in the El Dorado firehouse. , 
Photo by Andrew Dorpinghaus 

UUhot you should know about 


By Rachelle Pom 

Photo courtly of 

omado is not such an uncommon term 
when you live in the heart of Tornado Alley. 
Tornado Alley stretches across the United 
»- States from Texas to North Dakota and 
spreads from Colorado to Ohio. According to "Where 
is Tornado Alley?" (www.tornado 
nadoalley.html), the alley represents where the most 
violent tornadoes are likely to occur. Nebraska, 
Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas are considered the heart 
of Tornado Alley. 

Practically everyone knows what the blaring of 
the sirens means during a severe thunderstorm, but is 
everyone prepared if one is roaring down a path 
headed in your direction? Do you know what actions 

they continued with their travels. Behind them, were 
damaged homes and roadways across Mulvane. 

Troy Snedeker was lucky. The police officer was 
there to direct him, along with the others, to 
safety. But what if there wasn't anyone around to 
assist you? 

The first step is understanding where a tornado 
comes from. This way, you know what signs to look 
out for in the event of severe storm. 

According to "Severe Thunderstorm" (www.disas-, all storms, no matter what their 
size, are dangerous. "They all produce lightning, 
which kills more people each year than tornadoes and 

"While taking shelter in a ditch parallel to K15, my brother 
managed to take a picture with his cell phone of the twister 
across the street in a field." -Troy Snedeker 

to take if you're in the path of a twister and you're at 
home, in your car, or in the outdoors? 

Troy Snedeker, Wichita sophomore, survived a tor- 
nado while driving in his car in May last year. 

"My brothers and I were headed to Wichita from 
Winfield in a severe storm," says Snedeker. 

"We kept driving, hoping we would make it home 
before it got much worse." 

Before they made it home, they noticed a tornado 
approximately 200 yards from their location. 

"We drove up to a bunch of cars pulled over 

between Mulvane 
and Derby. As we 
got closer to them, 
we noticed a police 
officer waving peo- 
pie to pull over to ( 

avoid the flying 
debris ahead." 

The boys took 
shelter in a ditch 
parallel to Kl 5 
where they had a fc 

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clear view of the twister. "My brother managed to 
take a picture of the tornado with his cell phone when 
it was across the street in a field," says Snedeker, 
"We weren't scared because we knew it was headed 
away from us." 

The twister soon headed out of their trail home so 

"Severe Thunderstorm" also says that larg- 
er and stronger storms are classified as severe 
if the storm "produces hail at least 3/4 of an 
inch in diameter, has wind gusts of 58 mph or 
produces a tornado." Severe storms can pro- 
duce other dangerous factors as well, such as 
"heavy rain, which can lead to flash flooding, 
and tornadoes." 

A severe thunderstorm also produces "high 
winds which can cause damage to homes, 
overturn vehicles, and blow down trees and 

utility poles, 
causing wide- 
-^~ spread power 

j\ "Tornado 

J N • } Disaster" 

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^ "interactions 
between air at 
Photo.cpurtesy of various alti- ' tude, humidity 

and temperatures cause rain, lightning, air cir- 
culation and strengthening of the rotating 
updraft, which is called a 'mesocyclone'. 
Low-level wind helps cause this rotation, 
which is almost always counter-clockwise in 
the Northern Hemisphere." 

Courtesy of NOAA/ NCAR 

WE'RE mi Did 

you know this hailstone landed in 
Coffeyville (Sept. 3, 1970), at 5.6"in diame- 
ter weighing 1.67 lbs, and is one of the 
lareest ever recorded. 


'Kansas holds the record for the highest 
number of F5 tornadoes since 1880. 
*One of the worst things you can do during 
a tornado is to hide under an overpass. 
*One of the worst tornado outbreaks 
across the US occurred on May 3-4, 

*The worst tornado outbreak occurred on 
April 3-4, 1971, when 147 twisters 
touched down in 13 different states. 
*Ten other states, not included in Tornado 
Alley, also have many tornadoes. 
*Most tornadoes rotate counterclockwise 
in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise 
south of the equator. 

*Before 1950 the word 'tornado' in forecasts 
was often discouraged or forbidden 
because of the fear of panic. 
*Winds from the strongest tornadoes are 
stronger than strongest hurricanes but 
cause a lot less damage. 

At this stage, there is a strong possibility that a 
tornado can be formed, so a tornado watch may 
be issued by the National Weather Service. The 
American Red Cross says a tornado watch simply 
means there is a chance of a tornado in your area. 

"Tornado Disaster" continues to say, "a tornado 
may form below the mesocyclone. As the spinning 
air column narrows, it rotates faster and extends 
higher into the storm." 

If a tornado has been sighted, by sight or radar, 
then a tornado warning will be issued by the 
National Weather Service. 

If a tornado watch is issued, you should locate 
your safe place and double check that a disaster 
supply kit is situated. According to the American 
Red Cross, "you should take shelter in your base- 
ment or, if there is no basement, a central hallway, 
bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor." 

If you are in a high rise building, you may not 
have enough time to go to the lowest floor, so the 
Red Cross suggests you take shelter in the center 
of the building. 

HARPER COUNTY. This twister touched down on May 
29, 2004. Photo via internet by Jesse V Bass III 



According to The American Red Cross 

First Aid kit and 
essential medication 

Canned food and 
can opener 

Protective clothing, 

bedding, or sleeping 


"If you are outside when a warning is issued, 
you should still take shelter in a basement of a 
nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low- 
riding area. If you are in your car or mobile 
home, you should get out immediately, and head 
for safety." 

The amount of damage left by a tornado 
depends on the Fujita Scale of the tornado, 
which considers the damage to be anywhere 
between gale and inconceivable. (See scale 
below) According to "Where is Tornado Alley?" 
Kansas holds the record of the highest number 
of F5 tornadoes since 1880. 

March marks the beginning of tornado sea- 
son, when the majority of tornadoes touch down. 
Be sure to pay attention to weather forecasts to 
be aware when a storm is heading in your direc- 
tion. Know where your safe place is located and 
be sure to put together a disaster safety kit. 
Preparation is the most significant way to be 
ready when severe weather strikes. 


F-Scale # Wind Speed 

|F0 40-72mph 

F1 73-112mph 

F2 113-157mph 

F3 158-206mph 

F4 207-260mph 

|F5 261-318mph 


twister touches down in 
Mulvane on June 12, 2004. 
Photo via internet at by 
Scott Blair. 

Intensity Phrase 








radio, flashlight, 

and extra batteries. 

Written instructions 
Ipecial items tor on how to turn off 
infant, elderly, or electricity, gas, and 
disabled members water if authorities 

advise you ti 
(You'll need a profession- 
al to turn natural gas 
service back on) 

During the week of February 14-18 the Butler Theatre 
Department put on their annual children's production 
"Tokoloshe." The play is written by Peter Scholtz and 
directed by Butler Theatre Instructor Gina Austin- 
resh. This one-act play was presented to the area's elementary schools 
uring the week and to the general public on Saturday, Feb. 19. 

Before the department could put the play on, they took months 
3 put it all together. First the students had to audition for it, then who- 
ver got the parts had to practice for at least two hours a day. After their 
ractices the crew went to work steadily from 3-5 p.m. to put the set 
)gether. Only one week before, the crew got all the lighting set up the 
r ay they needed it with the help of technical director Bernie Wonsetler. 
Lfter all this hard work the crew was ready to sit back and enjoy per- 
)rming for their young audiences. 

This play was about a young girl named Thandi from the Zulu 
ibe in Africa. She catches a strange fish, named Tokoloshe, the most 
lischievous river spirit and trickster in Zulu Folklore. In return for his 
eedom, Tokoloshe promises to serve Thandi. This play was full of sur- 
rises, with celebrating respect, freedom and loyalty as a foundation of 
iendship, a great play for the children to watch and enjoy. 



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Members of the casting crew (top left) work 
on a scene from the play. (Top right), other 
members of the play take a break from their 
scene and watch and support their fellow cast 
members. (Above) After the play each day, 
the cast stood outside and greeted the ele- 
mentary kids who came to watch. 




Story by Jennifer Chpapkowski 

^^he latest fashion trend to become "in" since 
slap bracelets (you know you remember 
those) has made its way from coast to coast, 
- but they aren't just for show. 

The yellow Livestrong bracelets started by Lance 
Armstrong have their proceeds go to the Lance 
Armstrong Foundation for cancer. Over 30 million 
bracelets have been sold so far. They have led the 
way for this new craze leaving other foundations to 
try and profit from this as well. 

These silicone bracelets are made for everything 
now, with the option of even having them personal- 
ized. The color possibilities are endless as well. 

Pink bracelets are available to show support for 
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. They say 

Juvenile diabetes has a blue bracelet supporting 
the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center in New York. The 
bracelet says "CURE DIABETES TODAY." 

A few other colors in support of cancer are the 
light blue for prostate cancer, gold for childhood can- 
cer and orange for Lupus. 

But they are not all just for cancers. 

They have many patriotic bracelets available to 
support the troops deployed overseas. A red, white 
and blue bracelet that says "SUPPORT OUR 
TROOPS" and also comes in yellow and a camou- 
flage print. 

Manhattanville College in New York has started 
a fundraiser to not only donate money but to adopt a 
pen pal over seas. The program is called "My sol- 

After registering for a soldier to adopt they will 
mail you a package with instructions/guidelines on 
what you can or can't write along with a red bracelet 
that says "MY SOLDIER." 

Donations are encouraged but not required. 
Letters are the only thing participants have to mail, 
but the troops always appreciate care packages. 

The idea is win-win for everyone, the troops get 
the support from real people that they need and the 
pen pals get a trendy bracelet. 

Schools have across the state have sold these as 

University of Kansas has a blue "ROCK JOCK", 
Butler has had a variation of these that say "GRIZ- 

Most schools are selling them as a way to show 
school spirit. 

The recent Tsunami has also made its way into 
this trend with bracelets that say "TSUNAMI SUP- 

Nearly every company has taken their dip into 
this new trend and have exploited these noble causes. 

Nike is one of the major companies to jump on 
the bandwagon with messages ranging from sports 
phrases to the infamous Nike swoosh. 

Several other generic companies are selling these 
in bulk with countless possibilities. These companies 
web sites feature a rainbow of colors for each cause. 
Of all things to make scented, they have chosen 
bracelets. Imagine having someone walk up to you 
and ask to sniff your arm. 

Hopefully that doesn't last. 

Showing their support. 

All over campus students are 
wearing these bracelets. Some 
are just hanging out like Tiya 
Tatum, Liberal, sophomore 
(below), wearing her LIVE- 
STRONG bracelet as she drives 
around campus. And even 
Tonya Nawton, Salina, sopho- 
more (Right) as she warms up 
on an exercise bike before 
cross-country practice. 


Other Bracelets 

Brain Cancer - Gray 

Breast Cancer - Pink 

Culuu Ciiinjyr - Royal Blue 
Color win! Csme&r - Brown 



Lung Cancer - Clear 

Melanoma - Black 
Ovarian, Cervical Cancer - Teal 

Prostate Cancer - Light Blue 

Other Cancers - Lavender 



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Students exhaust themselves all year by dedicating 
their time to their education. Other than winter and 
summer vacation between semesters, students find 
themselves striving for national holidays which 
relieves them with an extended weekend. But by far, the 
most anticipated vacation time for students during the school 
year has to be Spring Break.A whole week to spend their 
time at their own discretion. 

MTV supports this break by broadcasting from "the only 
place to be for spring break," in Daytona, Fla. Special dis- 
counts are available for high school and college students 
who want in on the fun. 

Okay, so the biggest party is in Daytona, but not all stu- 
dents are making the trip to the Sunshine State. 

So how are the other students spending their free time in 

For some it's too early to tell. Josephine Lea, Derby 
freshman, says she doesn't know what her plans are exactly 
but she would like to travel with her friends during the 


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Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Barbados, Bahamas 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 

Cancun, Mexico 

Daytona, Fla. 

Key West, Fla. 

Mazatlan, Mexico 

Nassau, Bahamas 

Negril, Jamaica 

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South Beach, Miami, Fla. 

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Brock Shmidt, Newton freshman, says he will "probably go 
skiing in Vail, Colo, with friends." 

For others, the break signifies an extra opportunity for 
labor. "I plan to work at a local restaurant in my hometown, " 
says Hayley Haskin, Greensburg freshman. Money is the main 
factor holding Haskin back from traveling to Florida or Texas 
to attend major parties. But for her, it's not that big of a disap- 
pointment since she usually doesn't travel during Spring Break. 

The break also allows students to take advantage of the 
extra free time by planning for the future. Britny Kuenstler, COOLING DOWN IN SPRING.' Bryce Taber, 
Abilene, Texas, sophomore, is traveling to Fort Collins, Colo. Wichita freshman, expresses himself, 
to scout out a new home where she will be attending Colorado snowboarding at the Keystone snowboarding 
State University in the fall. She's making the trip with her park, 

roommate and their moms. 

The break is a perfect opportunity to slow down and take a 
breath from all the chaos of the education world. No matter 
how the extra time is spent, whether it is occupied by work, 
traveling or just staying home and relaxing with friends, the 
time is handed to you, enabling you to catch up with all the 
things that you have lost track of during the school year. 


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for mens Basketball 


By Jeremy Costello 

[he season for the men's basketball team has been an adventure. It 
could be compared to going down a dangerous river. There are several 
winding turns and surprises, unforeseen dips, a few snags and snatches 
of both calm and rapid waters. And who knows when a storm will pop 
out of nowhere. The Grizzlies got off to a great start. They were winning at 
home and on the road. Many players were getting involved. Returning starters 
AJ Calvin, Detroit, Mich, sophomore, Brian Ross, Pratt sophomore and Kevin 
Menifee, McKeesport, Penn. sophomore, were the leaders and workhorses for 
the team. Corey Bailey, Tampa, Fla. freshman, proved to be an invaluable addi- 
tion and recruit for the team. You could tell that there was talent on this team when night in and night out you 
would wonder when Bailey would just bust loose and wreak havoc on the unfortunate defender guarding him 
that night. You wanted see if Ross would catch fire from the three point line, or if Calvin would make one of 
those behind the back passes you see on Sportscenter's top ten plays. 

The Grizzlies were also one of the deepest teams in the conference and everyone on the bench fit his role 
on the team perfectly. Things seemed like they would be smooth sailing and Butler would do some damage in 
the conference. 

But then the team hit a few rocks on the river. Underneath the seemingly calm waters was some controver- 
sy, including a couple of disagreements between players and coaches. Head coach Dennis Helms made a state- 
ment to the fans, giving reasons why they should come out to the Power Plant. 

The fans will always flock to Galen Blackmore Stadium to watch the football team. No, the basketball 
team is not going to win the national championship, but there are still plenty of reasons why the Power Plant 
should be packed for the Grizzlies' home games. 

Despite all of that, the Grizzlies had an 11-3 record after the first game of the new year. The team seemed 
to be sticking to the course. 

But then, some of these unforeseen dips appeared, causing some setbacks. Two of the players, Bailey and Kyle 
Younkin, Junction City freshman, were lost for the rest of the season. Bailey stayed at his hometown in Florida to 
be near his family and girlfriend and Younkin had some academic concerns, according to the coaching staff. Okay, 
that was a situation the Grizzlies did not need or were prepared to handle, but the team had to move on. 

The ride only got bumpier. The Grizzlies lost their next five games, all of which were against conference 
opponents. Butler fell in the standings faster than the speed of a white water rapid. To make matters worse, 
another player, C J Milum, Wichita freshman, simply walked out of a practice and, in essence, left the team. 
Then a huge storm broke out. Lance Harris, Wichita freshman, lost his father, Leon, to a heart attack. The rest 
of the Butler players did what I consider to be one of the classiest and inspiring things a team could do in a sit- 
uation like that. In the first game after the tragic event against Garden City, the team wore a black patch on 
their jerseys and held up an 'L' in the air to show that the performance was for Lance and his father. The 
Grizzlies played the best game they played all season. 

They showed a lot of heart, as well as pride and it showed. The game was almost a constant highlight reel 
as there was one dunk after another, unbelievable passing and terrific shooting. Everything led to a 76-64 vic- 
tory, which was the first conference win for the team. 

Though the destination is not yet in sight, there is plenty of hope for a team that has had everything come 
against it. But you can't help but wonder. If none of those players left in the middle of the season, if there were 
no distractions off the court and sorrowing events did not engulf the team, just how good could they have 
been? Now that would be something to watch. 


Women under new 



By Steve Barnack 

The Butler women's basketball team is used 
to facing adversity with two players quit- 
ting for personal reasons and one starter 
lost to injury, but imagine your head coach 
not being there after the semester break. 

What do you do? 

Enter assistant head coach Melissa Fullmer who 
has replaced Earl Diddle as Butler's head coach for 
the remainder of the year. 

Reason why, you ask? Because Coach Diddle 
split for a new gig at Howard College in Big Spring, 

At Howard, Diddle will have 12-15 full-ride 
scholarships available for recruits, and no limit on 
out-of-state players. As a bonus to Diddle, there is 
no football program at Howard. 

Even though Fullmer is currently 3-8 as Butler's 
head coach, don't let the record tell the tale of the 

"It's a good opportunity for me. I've had a lot 
thrown on my plate (with the promotion)," Fullmer 

Fullmer definitely brings a new style to the mix. 
A lot of players think she is a little more relaxed and 
a little more focused. Fullmer doesn't plan to change 
the style of play that the team has come accustomed 
to playing under former coach Diddle. 

Before coming to Butler, Fullmer served as an 
assistant coach at Northeastern State, leading the 
Lady Reds to the sweet sixteen round of the NCAA 
Division II tournament with 25-8 record. 

Fullmer is coming in with impressive credentials. 
She played basketball at Gravette High School in 
Arkansas where she became the school's all-time 
scoring leader. She went on to play college ball at 
Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. for two years, 
earning all-region honors. She finished her college 
playing career at Northeastern State University, Okla. 
There, she was two-time all-conference player and 
led her team in scoring and rebounding as a senior. 

When Fullmer took over as head coach, she, like 
everyone else, was a little surprised. The timing 
couldn't have been any worse. The Lady Grizzlies 

"We fear no one and we 
have nothing to lose," 
- Coach Melissa Fullmer 

had to travel to Seward County to take on one of the 
toughest opponents in the conference. They lost 77- 
59. The next game was at home against Pratt. Pratt 
had been on a hot streak, defeating division leader 
Dodge City. The Lady Grizzlies lost 65-58. 

Despite the losses, the team took things in a posi- 
tive manner, including the coach. 

"It's always important to stay positive," Fullmer 
said. "I make sure to encourage them all the time as 
we continue to improve." 

Keeping that positive attitude helped the team in its 
next game as the Lady Grizzlies got their first win in 
the conference and first win for coach Fullmer, defeat- 
ing Cloud County 84-79 in overtime. 

The Lady Grizzlies went on a two game skid fol- 
lowing the huge win, losing to Barton County and 
Dodge City. But the team rebounded with a win 
against Garden City. 

"We played that game with a lot of confidence," 
Erica Ruckman, Fort Wayne, Ind. sophomore, said. 
"We expected to win." Coach Fullmer said that it was 
important that the team continues to believe in them- 
selves and believe that they can win games. 

"We fear no one and we have nothing to lose," 
Fullmer said. 

Even though the Lady Grizzlies were picked to fin- 
ish last, Fullmer said that they should expect them- 
selves to be competitive. Hopefully after the season, 
Fullmer 's hard-earned efforts will pay off and Athletic 
Director Todd Carter will giver Fullmer the job indef- 
initely. Best of wishes and luck to you Coach Fullmer 
in the future. 



Runners named 

All American 


As the Butler Cross Country men's and women's teams 
got their National Championship rings for participat- 
ing in the NJCAA half-marathon, other awards were 
handed out as well. Both teams, who had an excellent 
season this year, had a couple of All Americans represented at Butler. 
All Americans were Diane Nukuri from Canada, Annie Mosier, 
Riley sophomore and Bobby Reyes, Dacula, Ga. sophomore. 
As the best runner maybe of all time here at Butler, freshman 
Diane Nukuri was definitely one of the picks to represent Butler 
for the All American list. 

'This is an opportunity of a lifetime," says head coach Kirk 
Hunter, "she is the best woman athlete I have ever coached." 

Nukuri, at the age of 15, ran in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. 
Not picking Nukuri would be an outrage as she won just about 
every meet she ran and set many meet and school records this 

Annie Mosier, a number three runner who was also a top per- 
former this year, finished in the top ten many times. 

With a rough begining she was able to pull off a huge accom- 
plishment. "I gave it everything I had, you can't ask for more 
than that," says Mosier. 

Bobby Reyes finished second with a time of 27:04.37. 
"Bobby did great at nationals. He ran an incredible race," says 
coach Hunter. 

"I was beaten up at the beginning of the year, but I kept work- 
ing at it and it paid off," says Reyes. 

So with the Grizzlies receiving a ring this year, the cross country 
teams got three representatives as All Americans: Nukuri, Reyes 
and Mosier. 

"I was extremely pleased with the way we ended the season," 
says Hunter. Bobby Reyes 

PEP TALK. The men's cross country team huddles up before 
a run. 

"I was extremely 

pleased with the 

way we ended the 


-Coach Hunte 

Diane Nukuri 

Annie Mosier 

University of Kansas 



The impact the sophomores made this year to the Butler Grizzly football team was unbelievable. 
In some people's minds this team was never really supposed to go undefeated in the season or 
even reach the national title game again. Next year, 14 of the 19 sophomores from this year's 
team will continue their football careers with other colleges across the nation. 
Zac Taylor, the star quaterback from Norman, Okla., immediatley made his presence known by throwing 
for 2,700 yards and 27 touchdowns. Because of Taylor's efforts he will compete for the starting quarterback 
position next year at Nebraska. 

Also joining Taylor at Nebraska will be Frantz Hardy, who caught the ball 31 times for 758 yards and five 
touchdowns, and defensive end Justin Tomerlin. Tomerlin recorded 12 sacks and 48 tackles while recovering 
two fumbles. 

The reason Tomerlin finally decided on Nebraska was, "The coaching staff first of all, and the ability to 
make an immediate impact in a program that is on their way back to the top." 

Last year Brian Murph passed up on a chance to play at Southern Illinois. Murph will be attending the 
University of Kansas this fall to join a program that has made better strides the past two seasons. Murph will 
be a hard asset to replace after catching the ball 39 times for 782 yards and seven touchdowns. 

Also joining Murph at KU will be linebacker Matt Zelzenak. Zelzenak recorded nine tackles and one sack 
last season. 


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